2014 Mazda 3: Software Update
October 13, 2014
A few days ago we got an email from Mazda asking us if we'd take our 2014 Mazda 3 to get a software update for the Mazda Connect infotainment/navigation system. We replied that we just had an update that was part of our 15,000-mile service. But apparently an even newer update had just been released.
Figuring it wouldn't take much time, I made an appointment to take our 3 over to my local Mazda dealer (Lithia Mazda). Once I was there, the service advisor, perhaps understandably, didn't quite understand why I'd brought the car in just for an update, so I just told him that it was a fleet vehicle and we wanted to get upgraded to the latest version (version 33, specifically, from version 31). He took the info down and said he'd give me a call in a couple of hours.
Sure enough, he called me back and said they had installed the latest update, which was covered under warranty, of course. According to Mazda, the new update included only very minor changes.
If I were a regular owner, the dealer visit just for the update wouldn't have seemed worth my time, honestly. But since we probably won't be back at a dealership for the rest of the car's stay with us, just getting it done seemed prudent enough.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 14,932 miles